The Austin Carnaval (we’re going with the Portuguese spelling as Carnival really originates in Brazil) is an invigorating event that brings color, passion and music together to celebrate life. I was lucky enough to be invited to attend on Saturday 2nd February and expected a rather tame US interpretation of the famous South American carnivals. Well, outside the venue you would never have guessed anything was going on inside the Palmer Events Center.
As I went through the main entrance though, I heard one of my favorite sounds in the world – a samba band getting into full swing. I picked up my souvenir poster with its classic artwork and wandered backstage. It was pretty quiet as I got there near the beginning but as I came out near the stage, the samba band and dancers were approaching. There is a different theme for carnival every year and this year’s theme was Peter Pan. I saw a man wearing a white top hat and tail combination, a woman dressed in mermaid hot pants and a guy dressed as a big baby holding a teddy bear and sucking a pacifier! The band was tight and the dancers beautifully choreographed. A couple of Brazilian bands performed and rocked and I will definitely be going to the next one! Check out some of the photos I took below:
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